Pretty sure I'm not the only one who has learned a lot of things the hard way. I probably should be but I'm not afraid to admit I've done some bonehead things. While going through a box earlier, I came across a couple of items that reminded me of that. Here's the first one. This is one of the very first N scale cars I ever bought. Dare I say 35 to 40 years ago. Not exactly sure why but the day I bought it, I got it home and broke out a rattle can of Dull Coat and gave it a quick spray. Maybe a little too much spray and the temp was maybe a little too low for it as well. As you can see, I ended up with a heavily frosted box car. I've kept it as a reminder all these years. Here is the second one. This car was purchased for a hefty (at least to me) sum since it was an odd and unique tank car. It was not from Ebay but another buy and sell forum you may be familiar with. The photo was a bit fuzzy and from the description and discussion, it definitely did not sound like it was in the shape it is in. A hard lesson in buyer beware as there was no going back once it was paid for unfortunately. I felt like I asked the right question before purchase but still ended up being a bad deal. That's about all I want to say about it and yes, it was a log time before I purchased anything else used on line. It's currently for sale for a fraction of what I paid for it if you are looking for a project. Anyone else care to share?